Can I ask you something – are you a big fan of the traditional medicine? Well, if yes, then you probably know the value of ginger. We can easily say that ginger is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Yes, and many experts around the world claim that eating ginger every day can improve your health in general (especially your heart and brain health).vYes, and you’ll be amazed when we tell you that people use ginger for thousands of years. They use it to treat many different health problems. Note: you can use it fresh, dry or juiced. It doesn’t matter how you use it, you will “receive” its beneficial properties.
In this article we’re going to show you 8 good reasons why you should consume ginger every day.
- Ginger helps Digestion
Ginger contains 2 active compounds – gingerols and shogaol. They both stimulate digestion by increasing saliva and bile production as well as promoting the activity of enzymes like trypsin and pancreatic lipase. These 2 powerful compounds also increase the nutrient absorption by reducing inflammation and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. And, ginger also prevents constipation, indigestion, bloating and cramps by increasing gastric motility. Study – just 1.2 grams of ginger before a meal can reduce indigestion by up to 50%. Amazing, right?
- Ginger Fights Nausea
How this works – well, ginger fights nausea by helping break up and expel intestinal gas, accelerating gastric emptying and stimulating antral contractions. The naval cadets use 1 gram doses to treat seasickness. It’s also used by pregnant women to lessen morning sickness. The experts claim that ginger works much better than dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) against symptoms of motion sickness. It may even work better than vitamin B6 in preventing nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy or surgery.
- Ginger Relieves Pain
Yes, you can use ginger to relieve pain. Many people around the world use ginger is a traditional remedy for pain, caused by primary dysmenorrhea (intense menstrual cramps). You should also know that ginger is very useful in fighting inflammation, swelling and pain in patients suffering from arthritis better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like mefenamic acid and ibuprofen. And, one more thing – ginger can fight exercise-related pain by increasing blood flow and oxygen supply to sore muscles.
- Ginger Reduces Inflammation
Ginger inhibits pro-inflammatory cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression to provide relief to patient suffering from inflammatory disease like arthritis – just like the anti-inflammatory drugs. A study has revealed that ginger was just as effective as and much safer than diclofenac (a popular non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat osteoarthtritis).
- Ginger May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Yes, ginger can also reduce the risk of heart disease. How this works – well, ginger regulates the activity of platelets, blood cell that are meant to help blood clot and prevent uncontrolled bleeding. You should also know that ginger will help you regulate the blood pressure and blood sugar levels to optimize cardiovascular health. Note: 12 weeks of daily ingestion of 2 grams of ginger can the lower blood pressure of hypotensive diabetics by 10%.
- Ginger Lowers Cholesterol
This super healthy root will help you improve the metabolism of fats as well as reduce blood lipid levels. A recent study, conducted on patients with hyperlipidemia has shown that taking 3g of ginger a day for 45 days significantly reduced triglyceride, cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) levels when compared to a placebo.
- Ginger Fights Cancer
The active compound found in ginger – 6-gingerol, is a powerful anti-cancer agent. The experts claim that this powerful compound can suppress the proliferation and invasion of cancer cells by preventing angiogenesis in tumors. And, you should also know that the root also induces apoptosis of cancer cells to fight the disease outright. 2 grams a day is enough to reduce pro-inflammatory molecules involved in the development of tumors in your colon. And, one last thing – this powerful root has shown a lot of potential in treating colorectal cancer and continues to be examined as a possible sure to lymphoma, hepatoma, breast cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer, and bladder cancer.
- Ginger Improves Brain Function
Yes, ginger also supports the cognitive function by fighting oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. Researchers believe that it may hold the key to preventing and fighting Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Study confirms – a recent study. published in Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, has revealed that 800mg of ginger taken daily for two months was enough to increase the power and accuracy of attention. Ginger also increased the speed and quality of memory in middle-aged women
How to Take Ginger
According to the experts, the best way to incorporate ginger into your healthy diet is to add it into your meals every day. It’s very simple – just use it to season meat and vegetables, flavor salad dressing or add a kick to desserts. And, in my personal opinion, the best and easiest way to take it is to make ginger tea and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. How to make ginger tea – just add 4 to 6 thin slices of raw ginger to a cup of boiling water and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes before removing the slices and serving the tea with a small spoon of honey. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share.